Drug duo are sen­tenced

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A FOR­MER cou­ple who supplied drugs to a man who died of an over­dose have es­caped a cus­to­dial sen­tence.

Arno Redlihs, 19, of 37 Kelvin Street, Falkirk, and Car­rie Robertson, 23, of 3 Mac­Dou­gal Court, Dunol­lie, were ac­cused of sup­ply­ing class-A drug MDMA, com­monly known as ec­stasy, on Novem­ber 1, 2015, to Thomas McKay and Kevin Ar­mour. Ar­mour later died of a drugs over­dose.

Robertson pleaded guilty, while Redlihs de­nied the charge but was found guilty by Sher­iff John Her­ald.

De­fend­ing Robertson, Laura McManus told Oban Sher­iff Court on Tues­day Jan­uary 31: ‘This episode had a tragic con­se­quence. Ms Robertson dis­cov­ered she was preg­nant and broke up with the ac­cused. It was a cat­a­lyst for real change for Ms Robertson.

‘There has been no fur­ther of­fences and no fur­ther drug use. A cus­to­dial sen­tence can be avoided.’

De­fence agent Kevin McGin­ness said: ‘Mr Redlihs re­gards his in­volve­ment in this mat­ter with re­gret. He has started em­ploy­ment as a chef. He is as­sessed as a low risk of re-of­fend­ing and be­ing a harm to oth­ers.’

Sen­tenc­ing, Sher­iff John Her­ald said: ‘I am well aware of the con­se­quences and ac­tion on that day. That takes us be­yond the nor­mal case.

‘I can only ex­tend my sym­pa­thy to the fam­ily of the man who lost his life.

He told Redlihs: ‘Your in­volve­ment was that you had car­ried the drug to Ms Robertson, who then car­ried it to the third party. You will be fined a sum of £1,000. There will be no dis­count.’

Turn­ing to Robertson, he added: ‘I find your po­si­tion very dif­fi­cult. This is a very se­ri­ous mat­ter, which truly jus­ti­fies a cus­to­dial sen­tence. With hes­i­ta­tion, be­cause you ap­pear to have sorted your life out and you have a young baby, I will not im­pose a cus­to­dial sen­tence.’

Sher­iff Her­ald im­posed the max­i­mum com­mu­nity pay­back or­der of 300 hours’ un­paid work on Robertson, to be com­pleted within 18 months.

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